This Waternet website is online since 1997. Its initial focus was mainly on water issues in Israel and Palestine - at that time the topic of my research. The website is now undergoing a very thourough update and redesign, with a more regional approach to the political hydrology of water scarcity.

Stefan Deconinck holds a Ma. of Early-modern History and a Ma. of International Relations (Ghent University, Belgium).
Based in Kampala, Uganda, he is a consultant with experience in policy-oriented research and analysis, including GIS.


Stefan Deconinck
email: stefan.deconinck (at)

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Areas of interest

  • Economical, political and social issues related to water in the Middle East, especially in the Jordan and Nile River Basins
  • Politics and security in Kenya and Somalia
  • Terrorism, radicalisation and deradicalisation
  • Geopolitics, security (environmental security, human security), sustainable development
  • (Maritime) history of the Indian Ocean

Selected publications

  • Maritime piracy in the Horn of Africa. Brussels: Royal High Institute for Defence. 2012.
  • ‘Waterconflicten in de 21ste eeuw: kiezen tussen “veiligheid” en ontwikkeling’ [Water conflicts in the 21st century: choosing for security or development]. In: Internationale Spectator, 3, 2012.
  • Editor of thematic papers on women in armed conflict. Brussels: Royal High Institute for Defence, 2010 (Focus Paper 20-23).
  • Climate change and security: European and Belgian policies. Brussels: Royal High Institute for Defence, 2010 (Focus Paper 16).
  • ‘Water en conflict: een kwestie van veiligheid of kwetsbaarheid’ [Water and conflict: a matter of development or vulnerability]. In: Willems P., Maes F., Water in de wereld, Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties, 2010.
  • Security as a threat to development: the geopolitics of water scarcity in the Nile River Basin. Brussels: Royal High Institute for Defence, 2009 (Focus Paper 13).
  • The ideology of the global jihad: a discursive approach. Brussels: Royal High Institute for Defence, 2009 (Focus Paper 10).
  • 'Water, ideology and international security in the Middle East’, in: Madarat Garbiye, Fall 2006 (Arabic).
  • 'Water and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’, in: Global Environment 2006, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), 2006.
  • Editing brochure Water and conflict. Water scarcity threatens peace, Gent, Protos, 2005.
  • 'Water policies and security in Israel', in: Swiss Military Review, March 2004.
  • ‘Israeli water policy in a regional context of conflict: prospects for sustainable development for Israelis and Palestinians?’, in Ferragina E., Water Resources and Development in the Mediterranean Basin, Naples, 2004.
  • Educational CD-ROM for teachers in geography on water in the Middle East. Version: oktober 2003.
  • ‘Water als conflictpotentieel in het Midden-Oosten’, in: VVN-Berichten, 2003.
  • ‘Israeli water policy in a regional context of conflict: prospects for sustainable development for Israelis and Palestinians?’, in: Casteleins S. (ed.), From Conflict to Co-operation in International Water Resources Management: Challenges and Opportunities, UNESCO, 2003.
  • Landbouw en het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict, Oxfam-Wereldwinkels, 2002, 16 p.
  • ‘Israelisch-Palästinensischer Wasserkonflikt‘, in: Agrarische Rundschau, 7, 2001, pp. 12-15.
  • ’L'eau dans le conflit Israélo-Palestinien’, sur Med Intelligence, 9 Novembre 2001.
  • ‘Öl ins Feuer - Wasser im israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikt‘, Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Internationale Politik (Mai 2001).
  • ’Olie op het vuur - water, conflict en vrede in het Midden-Oosten’, in : Doom R. (ed.), De structuur van de waanzin - conflicten in de periferie, Gent, Academia Press, 2001.
  • ‘Le processus de paix israélo-palestinien, perspectives de cooperation ou de conflit’, in: L'eau, source de conflits ou vecteur de paix, Bruxelles, CNAPD, 2001, pp. 30-37.
  • ‘Watercrisis in het Midden-Oosten: kroniek van een aangekondigde droogte’, in: De Wereld Morgen, december 2000, pp. 18-19.
  • Deconinck S., Van Assche J., ‘Sustainable development at local government level’, in: Prinsloo R., Democracy in training. Issues relevant to South Africa as a new democracy, Leuven Acco, 1998, pp. 115-149.
  • ‘Water en het Israëlisch-Palestijnse vredesproces’, in: Internationale Spectator, 51, 1, 1997, pp. 17-22.